Pakistan invites West Indies for Tests

Updated: 16 September 2008 09:04 IST

Desperate for some international cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board has invited West Indies to play to Tests here in November.

Karachi:

Desperate to have some sort of international cricket for its team, the Pakistan Cricket Board has invited West Indies to play to Tests here in November.

"We have formally invited the West Indies board to send their team to play two Tests in Pakistan immediately after the three match one-day series ends in Abu Dhabi," Shafqat Naghmi, PCB CEO, told PTI today.

Naghmi said since Pakistan had little international cricket this year due to the postponement of the Champions Trophy, they were trying to arrange matches to offset financial and cricketing setbacks.

"We are hopeful the West Indies will respond positively or else this year we just have the one-day series in Abu Dhabi and a Twenty20 four-nation event in Toronto in October," he said.

He said the board was also in talks with New Zealand to arrange something in December before the Indians tour Pakistan for a full Test tour.

"Unfortunately, we don't have much cricket in coming months but 2009 is going to be a packed season for us and our team will not have enough breathing space," he said.

Naghmi made it clear that Pakistan was facing drought of international matches after postponements of series against Australia and the Champions Trophy.

"This left us in the unusual situation of having scheduled just one Test series in 2008 and that too against a country that has not toured Pakistan since 1998," Naghmi added.

West Indies last toured Pakistan in late 2005 to play a full Test series.

Topics : Cricket Pakistan India New Zealand
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